Music - Simply awesome

A year-long project which will allow children to write and record their own songs and glimpse the workings of the music industry got underway at a Dundee school during the summer break.

The project was kicked off earlier this month at St John's High when Martin Taylor, described as "one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument", donated guitars to the school.

Over the course of the project, S1 to S6 pupils will enhance their performance skills and take part in activities to support their music, developing skills in fundraising, marketing and video-making. Ultimately, pupils will release downloadable versions of their songs and CDs, and celebrate their achievements with a concert next year.

Colin Stewart, St John's High's principal teacher of music, hopes the project will tap into the enthusiasm children have for music since a group of former pupils found fame in indie band View. "We're not trying to clone another View but we do want to help develop their talents and tap into their enthusiasm," he said.

"But the project is not just for the musical kids. We'll need youngsters with a range of skills working on this."

Dundee-based businesses P3 Music, Rainbow Music and Brightsolid (formerly known as Scotland on Line) are supporting the project to encourage pupils to learn about job opportunities in aspects of the creative industries.

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